Race Report: A view from the back
Memories from the Eccup 10 sweep, by Jane Oughton
This was the view I had as I waited at the back on the Eccup 10 start line. The normal adrenaline rush was absent and it was replaced with excitement. As ‘ sweep’ I had no pressure to run a PB, run at a prescribed pace, or worry I might be last. This run was going to be for enjoyment and to help the back runners.
As the gun went off everyone flicked on their watches to keep a check on their progress and I switched mine on purely to calculate my calorie burn. Those of us at the back shuffled slowly forward to the line, watching our celeb waving the Yorkshire flag. I have followed the Brownlees for a few years, always cheering until my voice was sore and waving my Yorkshire flag until my arms were aching. Wow, on Sunday, Jonny Brownlee was waving a Yorkshire flag for ME as I crossed the start line in my Abbey vest………what a fantastic memory thank you Mark for organising him to come!
After the first mile it was clear who the back runners were and I chatted to keep them going, pointing out things of interest along the route. Those of you who saw Andy Wicks photos on Facebook will realise what fun I was having I love the ‘Abbey ballet ‘ comment!
The pace allowed me time to chat to all the very lovely Abbey marshals along the way. Round by the golf course I came across a young couple who were out for a quiet Sunday run and came across 700 other runners! I tried to recruit them to join the club. Interestingly they asked me what I had got out of joining a club that I couldn’t get from running by myself. My answer was friendships, improved running times, and the opportunity to help support other runners. They may join or they may not!
Almost two and a half hours after I had set out, the finish line was in sight. The last runner was working hard and she could see the finishing arch with a group of spectators willing her on. Our Abbey juniors were holding a finishing tape for her to run through and everyone cheered. I know she was disappointed she was last (actually she wasn’t, her husband who had walked most of the way with her, let her go in front of him).
So a very special thank you to the enthusiastic Abbey Juniors who made the end runners feel worthy of their achievements, that’s a great sporting lessons to learn.
And finally congratulations to Sarah Dobson and Matthew Laid who put in great performances for themselves and Abbey. It would be good to hear their race reports!